By RYAN NAKASHIMA
Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson was arrested Sunday, three
days after police named him a suspect in an alleged armed
robbery of collectors involving the former football great's
sports memorabilia, authorities said.
Simpson was arrested shortly after 11 a.m., Capt. James
Dillon said. Police were still determining charges.
Several police officers were seen entering the hotel
where Simpson is staying. A security guard said police took
Simpson out a side door shortly after they arrived.
At least one other person has been arrested and police
said Sunday that as many as six people could be arrested in
connection with the alleged armed robbery that occurred in a
room inside the Palace Station casino-hotel on Thursday.
Simpson, 60, has said he and other people with him were
retrieving items that belonged to him. Simpson has said
there were no guns involved and that he went to the room at
the casino only to get stolen mementos that included his
Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the running back
with J. Edgar Hoover.
Simpson told The Associated Press on Saturday that he did
not call the police to help reclaim the items because he has
found the police unresponsive to him ever since his ex-wife,
Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were
killed in 1994.
``The police, since my trouble, have not worked out for
me,'' he said, noting that whenever he has called the police
``It just becomes a story about O.J.''
The Heisman Trophy winner, ex-NFL star and actor lives
near Miami and has been a tabloid staple since his ex-wife
and Goldman were killed in 1994. Simpson was acquitted of
murder charges, but a jury later held him liable for the
killings in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Police said two firearms and other evidence were seized
at a private residence early Sunday.
Walter Alexander, 46, of Arizona, was arrested Saturday
night on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two
counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit
robbery and burglary with a deadly weapon.
Besides the two firearms, police said they seized other
evidence during early morning searches of two residences,
``It was evidence of a crime that was committed,''
Nichols said. ``And I believe we recovered some clothing
that the individual was wearing in the commission of the
Simpson said auction house owner Tom Riccio called him
several weeks ago to say some collectors were selling some
of his items. Riccio set up a meeting with collectors under
the guise that he had a private collector interested in
buying Simpson's items.
Simpson said he was accompanied by several men he met at
a wedding cocktail party, and they took the collectibles.
Alfred Beardsley, one of the sports memorabilia
collectors involved in the alleged robbery, has said he
wants the case dropped and that he's ``on O.J.'s side.''